What is your target band for the IELTS listening test? Here is some useful information to help you prepare and find your current band score.
In your IELTS listening test, you will need to be very focused because each of the four sections is played once only. The test has 40 questions and lasts around 30 minutes.
To answer the questions, you will fill in sentences, label diagrams, match, do multiple choice etc. In the four listening sections, there will likely be monologue (one person speaking), dialogue (two person conversation) and perhaps a conversation between more than two people.
At the end of the test, you have 10 minutes to transfer your answers onto an answer sheet.
The best thing to do is get familiar with the test and find your current level. To do this, try one of these IELTS listening tests online and get your score out of 40. You can find IELTS listening tests at:
When you get your score, you can use the IELTS band score calculator to convert your total grade out of 40 into an IELTS band:
OK, you’re all set to go. Good luck with your listening practice
Are you very nervous about your IELTS listening test? Especially nervous because you only hear each section ONCE! Read on for advice for the IELTS listening test.
‘’What if I don’t hear an answer? Then I’ll panic and not be able to concentrate on the next bit!’’
This could indeed be a problem, if you panic because you didn’t hear an answer. So how do you deal with this?
If you do miss a question, we advise:
At the end of the test there are 10 minutes to transfer your answers from the question paper to the computerized answer sheet. Be careful to transfer the answers accurately. This is why putting a ‘guess’ for a missed answer is a good idea as you are less likely to write the answers in the wrong place because you missed one out.
It really helps to know about the question types too. You will be filling in sentences, labelling diagrams, matching, doing multiple choice etc. In the four Listening sections, there will likely be monologue (one person speaking), dialogue (two person conversation) and perhaps a conversation between more than two people.
So remember, staying calm and focused throughout the test goes a long way to achieving the band you want.